Update: Teixeira leaves game with wrist injury, x-rays negative

10:47pm: Via Marc Carig, x-rays came back negative, so that’s good. Still not out of the woods yet.

10:20pm: Teixeira has a left wrist injury and is headed for various tests tomorrow. Apparently he first hurt himself last night and aggravated it further tonight. “It’s a big concern,” said Joe Girardi. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.” No good, very bad news.

9:32pm: Mark Teixeira left tonight’s game with an apparent left arm/hand injury. He dove for a ball in the seventh inning and was seen shaking his hand afterward. He remained in the game to complete the inning but was then lifted. Obviously this is not good. Stayed tuned for updates.

Maine throws seven one-hit innings in AAA win

OF Mason Williams is on the 7-day DL. He got banged up diving for a ball in the outfield last week. RHP Caleb Cotham has been placed on the DL, but it’s just to control his innings. He’s approaching the limit and they need to back off a bit. Other than that, no news to pass along. Since I haven’t updated the standings in a while, let’s take care of that today. These do not include the results of today’s games, however.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Pawtucket) they faced a rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka … 60-48, 0.5 games back in North Division
RF Chris Dickerson & 1B Brandon Laird: both 1-4, 2 K
2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Eduardo Nunez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 1 RBI — first game back after about two weeks on the shelf with a foot problem
DH Kosuke Fukudome: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-4, 2 K
3B Kevin Russo: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
CF Darnell McDonald: 0-3, 2 K
RHP John Maine: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 12/6 GB/FB — 62 of 92 pitches were strikes (67%) … holy crap
RHP Cory Wade: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 pitches, seven strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes

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Yankees made offer for Brendan Ryan

Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees made an offer for shortstop Brendan Ryan, but it was declined by the Mariners. I suppose they were looking at him to replace Ramiro Pena and be part of that third base platoon while Alex Rodriguez is on the shelf. Ryan, 30, can’t hit a lick (61 wRC+ this year, 77 career) but is arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball. He also has experience at second and third.

The Yankees would have been able to keep Ryan next year as a arbitration-eligible player, so I wonder if acquiring him would have made them more comfortable with trading Eduardo Nunez for … Chase Headley? I dunno, speculate at your own risk.

Game 102: Back on Track

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The Yankees have an eight-game lead in the loss column in the AL East, and their closest competitor pretty much all season has been the Orioles. They’ve taken five of eight from Baltimore this year but lost two of three at Yankee Stadium back late-April/early-May. It’s only a matter of time before the O’s completely fade out of the picture, and the Yankees can expedite that process with a solid series this week. We all know they need it after winning just three of their last ten games. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
DH Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
RH Ichiro Suzuki
C  Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Joba Chamberlain Update: As expected, Joba (elbow, ankle) will make another minor league rehab appearance for Double-A Trenton tomorrow. His 30-day rehab window expires one week from today.

Monday Trade Deadline Open Thread

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The trade deadline is 4pm ET tomorrow, and the Yankees will definitely be in the market for a fill-in third baseman with Alex Rodriguez on the DL with a broken bone in his hand. Pitching help — both rotation and bullpen — could also be a target, though they figure to be done looking for outfielders following the Ichiro Suzuki pickup. We’re going to keep track of any Yankees-related trade deadline rumors right here throughout the day, so check back often for updates. The latest will be on the bottom. Here are Sunday’s rumors if you missed them…

  • Stephen Drew is one potential option as the Yankees look for infield help. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers worked for the Yankees in 2010 and knows their farm system, which could expedite things. Drew will likely clear waivers in August, so he doesn’t necessarily have to be traded by tomorrow. Joe looked at him in-depth last week. [Joel Sherman]
  • “I don’t think they are even in on it,” said someone in the know about the Yankees and Chase Headley. Yesterday we heard that the asking price was a bit too rich. [Sherman]
  • Cliff Lee is on the market and the Phillies intend to trade him either before the deadline or in the offseason to clear payroll. They obviously want a monster haul in return, but the Yankees won’t get involved because they don’t want to take on his contract. [Buster Olney & Sherman]
  • We heard yesterday that the Yankees had interest in Rafael Betancourt, but they have not contacted the Rockies about the right-handed reliever. [Sherman]
  • The Yankees are prioritizing defense in their search for infield help. They have players ahead of Ty Wigginton on their shopping list, unsurprisingly. [Jon Heyman]
  • The Yankees are not close to any trade as of this afternoon, but that is always subject to change rather quickly. [Olney]

The Year of the Setback

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the best record in the AL East by no small margin, and they’ve gotten there despite a number of significant injuries. Offseason pickup Michael Pineda has yet to throw a meaningful pitch for the team thanks to his torn labrum, Brett Gardner has started all of seven games, Mariano Rivera tore his ACL in a fluke accident, Andy Pettitte had his ankle broken by a batted ball, and Alex Rodriguez had his hand broken on a hit-by-pitch. The list of injuries to non-essential players is even longer.

Yesterday we learned that Pettitte suffered a setback during his rehab, a minor setback but a setback nonetheless. Brian Cashman called it the “ebb and flow” of rehab and said he wasn’t progressing as hoped, which qualifies as a setback in my book. Gardner suffered not one, not two, but three (!) separate setbacks before finally having season-ending surgery, three months after the original injury. Pineda was working his way back from shoulder tendinitis when he apparently suffered the tear. That’s an awful lot of setbacks this year, to the point where you wonder if it’s a trend and not just a coincidence.

Obviously injuries are just unavoidable at times — the Gardner, Rivera, Pettitte, and A-Rod injuries were the definitions of fluke — but it seems that if you’re a Yankee and you get hurt theses days, you stay hurt. David Robertson (oblique) and CC Sabathia (groin) made it back from their ailments in short order and Joba Chamberlain has breezed through his rehab (his setback was self-inflicted), but they are the lucky ones. Even if you go back to last year, there were setbacks from Phil Hughes (shoulder), Pedro Feliciano (shoulder), and Rafael Soriano (elbow). Again, coincidence or trend?

I think durability is the most underrated skill in the game. Every team, particularly those in the AL East, is so well run these days that winning isn’t just about having the best players, it’s about having the best players and keeping them on the field as much as possible. Are all these setbacks a medical staff problem? A fluke? Are players being rushed back before they’re 100% ready to go for the sake of winning? Remember, Joe Girardi took it easy on Robertson when he came back from the oblique because he wanted “to be cautious.” Did Robertson come back sooner than maybe he should have? I think all of those questions are fair game.

The Yankees have weathered their injuries as well as could be expected thanks to both strong depth and unexpected performances (Dewayne Wise and David Phelps in particular). Pettitte had his setback yesterday and if something happens to throw A-Rod off the recovery course, his season will be effectively over. We shouldn’t spend time every summer talking about how the best additions the Yankees could make at the trade deadline are getting their own players back and healthy, all of these setbacks are a concern because they’re happening so frequently.